The Living Art Museum proudly presents CROWD SHOW, a solo exhibition by artist Örn Alexander Ámundason.
I didn’t want to do this show. The board of the Living Art Museum pushed me into this. They however have neither been following up on my process, nor had my back. You could even go as far as saying that they stood in the way of me realizing the show. I’ve had to deal with a lack of understanding and a sense of denial from them. That’s why you could, in a way, say that this is a show that no one loves. Another thing I want to say is that I would have liked to have more time to work on the show and install it.
Always the same story. They tried to convince me to write a more traditional text for the exhibition. They wanted me to quote old French philosophers and to use words like “imperfection”, “journey” and “organic”.
I refused. I said: “I’m not going to take part in this and create yet another text like that. This time I’m telling the truth, I’m going to tell them how I truly feel and there’s nothing you can do about it.” I even had to go behind their backs to print this text.
When deciding to put up an exhibition one can’t make any assumptions. One can’t just expect things to happen by themselves. One has to take the lighting into consideration. One has to seal off the natural light (maybe). The titles and other information has to be somewhere. Nothing is invisible and these are all choices we have to make.
Crowd Show is a collection of artworks that somehow ended up together. The work is there because it’s there, and because no one was using the large wall by the entrance.
Örn Alexander Ámundason graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2011. In the past years Ámundason has exhibited in Akureyri Art Museum, Lunds Konsthall, Galleri F15, Röda Sten Konsthall, Tidens Krav, Suðsuðvestur, Sogn- og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, The Armory Show and Brandenburgischer Kunstverein.
He has performed in The Living Art Museum, Sequences 2011, ACTS International Festival for Performative Art, Samtalekøkken, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Landmark (Bergen) and Göteborg International Biennal for Contemporary Art. Upcoming exhibitions include Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Platform Arts Belfast, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, SØ Copenhagen and the Factory in Hjalteyri.
The exhibition is located in the museum’s new project space in Völvufell 13-21, Breiðholt, east Reykjavík.
Opening hours Tue – Sat from 12 – 5 pm